D. L. Ashliman  

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"Tales of adultery and seduction fill a large part of the "jokes and anecdotes" section of the Aarne-Thompson index, just as they feature very prominently in in the collections of Boccaccio and Chaucer."--Folk and Fairy Tales: A Handbook (2004) by D. L. Ashliman

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Dee L. Ashliman, who writes professionally as D. L. Ashliman (born 1 January 1938) is an American folklorist and writer. He is Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Pittsburgh, and is considered to be a leading expert on folklore and fairytales. He has published a number of works on the topic.


  • Fairy Lore: A Handbook. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2005.
  • Folk and Fairy Tales: A Handbook. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2004. ISBN 0-31332810-2.
  • Aesop's Fables (editor and annotator). Translated by V. S. Vernon Jones. New York: Barnes & Noble Classics, 2003. ISBN 1-59308-062-X.
  • Voices from the Past: The Cycle of Life in Indo-European Folktales, 2nd ed., expanded and revised. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1995. ISBN 0-7872-1503-1.
  • Once upon a Time: The Story of European Folktales. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, External Studies Program, 1994.
  • A Guide to Folktales in the English Language: Based on the Aarne-Thompson Classification System. Bibliographies and Indexes in World Literature, vol. 11. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1987. ISBN 0-313-25961-5.
  • The American West in Nineteenth-century German Literature. Rutgers University, 1969. Dissertation Abstracts 2959-A. University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Order number 7000572.

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